Over the Summer we made trips to Farmleigh, the official Irish State guest house near the Phoenix Park. Used for accommodation for visiting dignitaries and guests of the nation, the building itself was as impressive as the huge 78 acre estate it sits on.
During our guided tour we were first shown the dining room with its 17th century embroidered silk wall panels from the collection of Queen Maria Cristina of Spain. Our guide then pointed out how the fully laid out table had all white delf with each piece marked with an Irish harp.
The house boasts a ballroom, a conservatory filled with plants, a clock tower, fountain lawn, wood panelled library and of course the boathouse café for visitors.
We enjoyed our guided tour of the house, followed by a wander around the garden with its fountains and carved figures and then finished the day with a coffee at the Boathouse Café overlooking Farmleighs ornamental lake.